5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Aliens!

This should be a fun one! It’s funny the characters you forget are aliens, like Doctor Who. I thought I was going to have a hard time thinking of 5 but once I started checking out all the lists, they just came to me! If you want to learn more about 5 Fandom Friday, be sure to visit The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick!

Chestburster (Alien):

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I mean, it’s kinda cute in it’s own way right? This little guy is from “Alien.” It’s such a classic movie and if you haven’t seen it, you should! I mean Ripley is such a bad ass, that’s enough reason to see it!

Gamora (GTOG):

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Does it get much more bad ass than Gamora? I think it’s funny while watching the movie we don’t think of these characters as aliens, when in reality they are!

Worm Guys (Men In Black)

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The Men In Black franchise is filled with interesting aliens of all shapes and sizes, and these little guys are my favorites! I love the attitude they have but they’re up for a fight as well!

Mars Attacks:

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I love this movie! It’s beyond cheesy but man, it’s entertaining. The star power of this thing is amazing as well. Plus looks at these guys! They have all the cool toys.

Area 51 Alien:

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Yes, I’m someone who watches shows and documentaries about real life aliens. I think something else is out there, but do I think they look like little green or grey men? No. I just think it’s super naive (and typical human) to think we’re the only living lifeforms out there.

And there you go! If it’s your first time here be sure to take a look around the blog! You can find me on BlogLovin as well! Just click that little button over in the sidebar! Now it’s time to play catch up and finish reading the rest of the lists!

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What is your travel personality? July Travel Linkup

One of my favorite blogs to read is Adventures of a London Kiwi. She goes on the most amazing trips and shares some great photos. She takes part in a link up as well and I’ve always said I would join in and never have. Well, that changes now! When I saw the current prompt/theme was “What is your travel personality?” I knew I had to join in.

So, tell us, who are you when you travel? This month’s topic is hearkening to the most important factor of your travel adventures, you. We want to know about your travel personality – are you a last-minute-throw-everything-together traveller, pre-organised to a point of zen-like calm or something altogether different? Post ideas might touch on what your travel personality & style is – has it changed, what happens when you travel with other people, can you not bear to be spotted as a tourist, do you ever have varying styles?

Nerdy Travel

Filming Location From "Captain America: The First Avenger"

Filming Location From “Captain America: The First Avenger”

Lately, a lot of my traveling has centered around attending comic conventions. Even when it’s a rare trip that’s not about a con, I still manage to let my nerdy side shine. A perfect example is my recent trip to London. While I wasn’t there to attend a convention, it did center around the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” premiere. Not only that, but my friend Katy put together a fantastic Marvel themed itinerary that took us all over place. Back in 2012, I went to Hawaii for the first time. It was a “regular” vacation but you know I took the opportunity to go on a movie/TV themed tour. I saw where they filmed movies like “Jurassic Park” and shows like “Hawaii Five-0.” I loved every minute of it!

Thanks to conventions though, I’ve been to cities I never thought I’d see. I found out that I love San Diego. The weather is amazing, the people are nice, and the area is just laid back. I went to Charlotte, NC for the first time this year and wondered what took me so long to visit! I look forward to conventions taking me to even more amazing locations in the future.

Semi-Planned

Hawaii 2012

Hawaii 2012

While conventions require a ton of planning, when I’m going on a “real” vacation, I don’t like to have everything planned down to the minute. I might pre-book a few things, especially if it will help save money, but I make sure to leave plenty of free time. It is a vacation after all. The last thing I want to be is stressed because I didn’t leave enough time between excursions. Sometimes you just want to lay on the beach for days and sip on some drinks. But other times, I really don’t plan anything at all, and trips just happen. Last year I decided to drive to Chicago for a weekend with Deidre to meet Stephen Amell (Arrow). We saw tickets were on sale, bought them, and THEN checked with friends to see if it was cool if we stayed with them. And guess what? I just did the same thing AGAIN, except this time I won’t be driving, and it’s for Jeremy Renner.

Triple Checker

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I’m someone who will check my luggage multiple times before I leave. I check again and again to make sure all my documents are in the same spot, that everything is charged that needs to be charged. I’ll keep adding things too until right before I leave! It’s insane really. I’ve gotten a little better with it, but it’s still something I do a lot.

Smaller Is Better

As far as the number of people I travel with, the smaller the number, the better. I think four is my limit honestly. I love all my friends, but sometimes you just need some space and that can be hard to do in a hotel room with too many people. I’ve gone the condo rental route before and that helps if I’m with a group. Of course if I have friends in the area (say at a convention), I love hanging out with them! But I love when they go back to their own rooms too! #SorryNotSorry

How My Travel Style Has Changed

I put a lot more thought into what I’m packing now. When I was younger I’d just throw clothes in my suitcase and assume everything would match but that was never the case. Now I do my best to check weather, see if there are any plans for nicer dinners, and just make sure whatever casual stuff I pack, it actually all looks decent together. I’m not someone who wears make up on a regular basis, but I have started packing a little for vacations. I want to make sure I look decent in any photos, especially since I’m someone who suffers from dark circles under my eyes. So, as I’ve grown and changed as a person, so has my travel style!

And there you have it. I feel like my most might be a little all over the place but it was fun to do. I’ve never really thought about my travel style or personality before. I’m glad I finally took part in this Link Up though! I can’t wait to read all the other posts.

Cosplay: Scarlet Witch Cost Breakdown

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Here’s my breakdown for what I spent on putting together Scarlet Witch. I did all this in about two weeks. I put a * next to the contacts because I did pay $15 for quicker shipping since I needed them to arrive before June 19th. I didn’t think it would be fair to put that in the total since if you plan your cosplay a little better than this, you won’t need that rush shipping! I really lucked out by already owning a red jacket but if you need one be sure to check Ebay. You can find some pretty affordable jackets there. If you plan on adding paint, or altering the jacket you don’t want to spend a ton of money on one! If you’re on the hunt for boots, I’d check DSW. This time of the year especially. You’ll find a ton of deals on boots since it’s now Spring/Summer. If you’re someone with some art/sewing skills you could probably put this together for closer to $100. As you can see, the accessories are what really added up here. If I had the time, I would have attempted the jewelry but I still would have needed to order the arm warmers. The contacts aren’t really needed for Scarlet Witch, but I thought they were a nice touch. You could 100% do this costume without them. Honestly, I don’t think the total price is that bad! If you’re new to cosplay, or looking for an easier character I highly recommend Scarlet Witch from “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Dress: $10.50 (Forever 21)
Contacts: $25.90 (PinkyParadise)*
Wig: $33.00 (WigIsFashion)
Socks: $8.00
Necklaces: $37 (Etsy)
Arm Warmers: $35 Etsy)
Jacket: Owned
Boots: $27 (DSW)

Total: $176.40

What I’ve Been Reading

Believe it or not, I’ve been making more time for reading! In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll meet, if not break, my goal of 15 books that I set on GoodReads. I know, 15 isn’t a huge number but it’s something. Here are the last few books that I finished.

The Girl on the Train

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I finished this book back in April. I added it to my Kindle to read while traveling to London and it was pretty good. It reminded me of “Gone Girl” but it wasn’t as dark/twisted. It was a book that I found hard to put down and was filled with some clever twists. It had some pretty complicated female characters which is always great to see. I honestly wasn’t sure what was going to happen until the book came to an end! If you’re looking for a thriller, be sure to check this book out.

Jurassic Park: A Novel

I’m pretty sure no one needs a summary of this. I had read the book before but with the new movie coming out, I wanted to give it another read. It’s interesting to see the changes that were made. I had forgotten how annoying Lex was in the book (she was younger as well), and how much they improved the character of Dr. Sattler in the movie. This is one of those times where I wouldn’t necessarily say that one was better than the other, but you can see why the changes that were made, happened. I am a little bummed we never got to see a Juvenile T-Rex though. (The book has two instead of just one). If you’ve never read the book before, I highly suggest picking it up!

The Lost World: A Novel (Jurassic Park Book 2)

You can’t tell me you didn’t see this coming! Oddly enough, I had never read The Lost World. But in middle school our homeroom teacher had read the book to us. Just like with the first book, there were major differences between the novel and the movie. Like the fact that the T-Rex never actually makes it off the island. And that Dodgson is a main character in the book as well. Man, how I wished he had died in the films. I do think Sarah Harding was a bit more bad ass in the book though. But you can tell the changes that were made in the film were done to create a new story that tied in with the first movie. Obviously another book I recommend!

Silent Scream: An edge of your seat serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 1)

Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.

But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realizes she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.

As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late.

I’m not going to lie. The only reason I ordered this book was because it was only .99. The summary sounded like something I’d like and for that price, why not? It’s another crime thriller that ends up being about two different crimes by the end of it but the story does a good job of hiding that fact. One twist I didn’t see coming and afterwards I was surprised I didn’t pick up on it! I mean, I watch and read a lot of crime related stuff, so most of the time I’m quick to catch on. It’s a little tropey in the fact that the main character has her own dark past, and keeps to herself except for that one close friend. But it was a solid read and I’ve already purchased the next book in the series!

And there you have it! A nice mix of new books and old. There are still a lot of books I want to read like Yes Please by Amy Poehler and Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman. One of my reading goals included trying to read a little bit out of “comfort zone” and these two books would help with that!

What have you been reading lately? Have you set any goals for yourself?

Review: Wig Is Fashion Wigs!

When cosplaying your wig can really make or break your costume. Sometimes it feels like the hardest part of putting together a cosplay. You need the right style, the right color, something that doesn’t break bank, and the list goes on and on! When I was trying to find a wig for Scarlet Witch, I checked the typical wig websites, and even Ebay, but nothing jumped out at me. If it did, it was too much money. I found one that I really liked but it was $70! That’s when I remembered Deidre had mentioned a different wig website before, Wig Is Fashion.

Wig is Fashion offers a wide range of wigs. They have everything from natural to fun and colorful. I was searching for a simple, brown wig that featured no bangs and a little bit of wave. That’s when I came across this wig for just $24! I couldn’t believe the price, and it had everything I needed for Wanda. I went ahead and placed my order. I was still a little nervous though because wigs can always be hit or miss. They can be too thin, they can end up being completely different from the photo, the color can be off. Once I hit “order” though all I could do was sit and wait.

When the wig arrived it was in a small but sturdy box. Inside the box I found the wig in a plastic ziplock bag, with the wig itself wrapped in a hair net. Basically the typical way you receive a wig. The shipping was pretty quick for coming from overseas. I ordered it on the 22nd of May and had it around June 5th. I believe they offer quicker shipping options if you’re short on time! As far as the quality of the wig, I was really impressed! The wig is very thick without being too heavy and fit really well. It was a little wavier than I expected but that really wasn’t an issue. It really is a high quality wig and I would order from Wig Is Fashion again!

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